RB Jalen Richard - Las Vegas Raiders
|5-8, 210||Born: 10-15-1993||College: Southern Mississippi||Drafted: ---|
2019 Week 1 vs DEN (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Richard played nine snaps, mostly on third downs. He handled just one touch. He took a draw on 3rd-and-4 for a three yard gain, getting dragged down just inches short.
2019 Week 2 vs KC (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 2 / 0 rec)
Richard was in for the two-minute drill before halftime and caught a short dump off. He fumbled it but was luckily able to jump back on it. His ball control is atrocious and makes it hard for the team to trust him. He made another bad mistake late in the half on what should have been an easy completion along the sideline. Nobody was near him but he lost track of where he was and wasn't able to get both feet down inbounds.
2019 Week 3 vs MIN (2 / 15 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
With the Raiders trailing by at least two touchdowns for most of the game, Richard played 49% of the offensive snaps. He still managed just two carries and three targets. The Raiders have a few more weapons in the passing game this season than last and it was Darren Waller who Carr looked to over and over against the Vikings prevent defense instead of Richard. There wasn't much to get excited over in his performance. His 11-yard run came on a draw play with two minutes left and the Raiders trailing by 27.
2019 Week 4 vs IND (4 / 17 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Richard played 28% of the snaps and remains involved in the offense as part of a three-man committee. He took a pitch around the edge for three yards on 3rd-and-2, showing a bit of power to finish the run and pick up the first down.
2019 Week 5 vs CHI (2 / 14 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Richard had another quiet game, earning just four touches despite Josh Jacobs missing much of the second quarter. He did well with his few opportunities, however. He got through the hole quickly on a run up the middle for a gain of nine yards. He also made a really nice hands catch in traffic over the middle of the field for a 7-yard pickup. His 11-yard catch on a dump off on 3rd-and-25 got the Raiders back into field goal range.
2019 Week 7 vs GB (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Despite the Raiders playing from way behind in the second half, Richard only played 23% of the snaps. Josh Jacobs is growing into a true workhorse role, with increasing usage as a receiver. Meanwhile, DeAndre Washington has become the preferred option as a change of pace runner. It leaves Richard without much of a role.
2019 Week 8 vs HOU (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Richard played 30% of the snaps, his most since Week 3. He made a 20-yard grab, beating a linebacker with a quick cut back to the middle of the field. He showed nice acceleration to split a pair of defenders to get into the second level.
2019 Week 9 vs DET (2 / 12 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 56 / 0 rec)
Richard played 33% of the snaps, his most since Week 3. He was targeted unsuccessfully twice in the first half and had a short reception in the third quarter. That was it until the game-winning touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter when Richard suddenly became the go-to player for the Raiders. He touched it on four straight plays and gained 66 yards to get Oakland a first-and-goal. Richard started the drive with a beautiful over the shoulder catch in traffic for a 31-yard gain on a wheel route. The next two plays he ran up the middle for seven and then five yards. Then he lined up out wide and ran a crossing route, catching it on the run across the middle and dragging the defender for a gain of 23 yards.
2019 Week 10 vs LAC (2 / 0 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)
Richard has seen his share of the offensive snaps creep up four straight weeks. He was on the field for 38% of the offensive plays against the Chargers. Four of his six touches came in the two-minute offense on the final drive of the game. He caught an option route for 10 yards. Richard had a key 9-yard catch to get the Raiders into the red zone. He blocked initially but slipped out of the backfield when Carr started to scramble, caught the short dump off, and accelerated between a pair of defender for the 9-yard pickup.
2019 Week 11 vs CIN (2 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Richard played just 23% of the snaps and failed to make an impact. He was dropped for a four-yard loss on a pitch play. He caught a short pass on a dump off for a 7-yard gain with the defense playing way back on 2nd-and-19.
2019 Week 12 vs NYJ (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 47 / 0 rec)
Carr caught a short dump off from Carr and accelerated past a defender to find a crease and pick up 18 yards. He picked up 17 yards after finding an open spot in the zone with the Jets linebacker slow to react. Richard was wide open in the flat with some room to run after the catch and had a terrible drop. The ball went through his hands and bounced right off his chest. With Josh Jacobs held out the final quarter, Richard saw a little extra playing time late.
2019 Week 13 vs KC (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Richard got a carry up the middle on an early 3rd-and-2 and was the beneficiary of a very friendly spot after it looked like he was stacked up short of the line to gain. Richard's only catch came on a short pass over the middle in garbage time.
2019 Week 14 vs TEN (7 / 28 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Richard saw only a slight bump in playing time with Josh Jacobs sidelined, playing 38% of the snaps. He remained primarily in his third-down role but did get one series as the every-down back in each half. Richard did most of his damage as a runner. On a 3rd-and-2, Carr audibles to a run call and Richard burst through a nice hole off of left tackle for an 8-yard gain. Richard caught just two passes. He had a short gain on a 3rd-and-long and picked up 11 on a nice catch out of the backfield, cutting back to the middle of the field and getting past the first defender for the solid pickup.
2019 Week 15 vs JAX (1 / 11 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Richard played 29% of the snaps, his ninth-straight game playing between 20 and 40% of the offense's snaps. He had most of his production in the two-minute drill just before halftime. He took a draw through a big hole up the middle and got into the secondary but slipped when trying to make a cut on a gain of 11. He took a well-blocked screen for a gain of 24 yards on the next play.
2019 Week 16 vs LAC (5 / 11 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)
Despite Josh Jacobs being out, Richard remained in basically his same role as the third-down back and occasional change of pace runner. He played 38% of the snaps and had nine touches. The game script and the return of Hunter Renfrow combined to limit Richard to just four targets. He had one 10-yard catch but all of his other touches went for five yards or less.
2019 Week 17 vs DEN (3 / 20 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)
Even with Josh Jacobs sidelined and the Raiders trailing most of the game, Richard played just 18 snaps (25%) and only touched it five times. Richard did make an impact despite his limited opportunities. He lined up out wide and took a tunnel screen for a 33-yard gain.
2018 Week 1 vs LAR (5 / 24 / 0 rush, 11 / 9 / 55 / 0 rec)
Richard had a major role as the pass-catching back and led the Raiders running backs in touches and snaps (50%). He was critical on a long field goal drive in the two-minute drill before half, touching the ball seven times to help set up a last-second field goal. When the Raiders fell behind by six points midway through the third quarter, Gruden made the decision to go with Richard the rest of the way. Richard did his part, making a number of plays. The most impressive was a one-handed snag along the sideline on third down to keep the chains moving. As the Raiders fell further and further behind in the second half, Richard continued to play a primary role in the offense and ended up leading the team in both touches and receptions. Some of the usage was clearly due to game script and can't be counted on to continue. However, if the Raiders really are as bad as they looked in the second half, Richard could have a lot of favorable game scripts going forward.
2018 Week 2 vs DEN (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After playing half the snaps last week and leading the team in touches, Richard was an afterthought in Week 2. He touched it just twice and didn't have a catch. Chalk it up to game script. With the Raiders leading the entire game, Gruden stuck almost exclusively with the Lynch/Martin duo.
2018 Week 3 vs MIA (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 59 / 0 rec)
Nearly all of Richard's production came on a garbage-time drive in the final minutes. The Raiders took over down two scores with under two minutes left and moved methodically down the field on short completions to Richard to setup a field goal but weren't able to recover the onside kick. Richard is only rarely involved if the Raiders aren't trailing by multiple scores.
2018 Week 4 vs CLE (1 / -2 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
Richard barely played outside of the two-minute offense but still made a couple impact plays. A 16-yard gain on a nifty catch and run in the two-minute offense before halftime helped get the Raiders into field position. He then made one of the plays of the game in the final minute. He caught a short pass over the middle, made the first man miss and then a sweet juke move got him to the outside where he was able to get out of bounds and save valuable seconds on the clock. The 18-yard gain down to Cleveland's 7-yard line set up the game-tying touchdown the next play.
2018 Week 5 vs LAC (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 53 / 0 rec)
Richard saw a few more snaps than normal with the Raiders down three scores most of the second half. He had a 32-yard reception when Carr avoided pressure and dumped it off to him in the flat. There was a lot of open space and Richard made a man miss near the end of the run to pick up an extra ten yards. Richard made a great move on a similar play later. Carr barely escaped pressure and flipped it to Richard short. He juked the first man and made something out of nothing for a 9-yard gain. Richard's only carry came from the 5 yard line. He took it right up the middle and it looked like he was able to dive and stretch the ball across the goal line but he was ruled down just shy of the end zone.
2018 Week 6 vs SEA (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 48 / 0 rec)
If there was a bright spot on a dismal day for the Raiders offense, it was the play of Richard. He made some nice moves and then showed some power on a 21-yard catch and run on 3rd-and-20 to push past the sticks and get the first down. He was initially called for an offensive targeting when he lowered his head and initiated contact on a tough 7-yard catch and run along the left sideline but the official picked up the flag. With the Raiders season spiraling out of control, Richard might see a lot of game scripts in the final 10 weeks that see him heavily involved in the second half. Plus, if this ends up being a 2-14 type of season, it may make sense to give the young guys like Richard a bit more action late in the season to build for the future.
2018 Week 8 vs IND (2 / 14 / 0 rush, 8 / 8 / 50 / 0 rec)
Richard did nearly all of his damage as a receiver, catching all eight of his targets (he also had an 11-yard reception called back on a hold). Unlike previous weeks when Richard didn't play much until late, he was heavily involved from the first series on Sunday. He brought in Carr's first completion of the day on an 8-yard grab out of the backfield. Richard's receptions were mostly short and over the middle. The targets he got were high percentage passes and all went for solid gains. Richard was impressive in limited opportunities as a runner. He made a nice cut and finished strong for a 13-yard gain on his first carry. He also was able to bounce it outside for a 10-yard gain on his second carry but it was called back due to a holding penalty downfield on Seth Roberts. He only had one other carry, which went for just three yards.
2018 Week 9 vs SF (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)
Over half of Richard's yards came on a lucky play. He ran a quick out route that was jumped by 49ers safety Tyvis Powell. Powell dove to make the interception but had the ball go right through his hands to Richard, who had plenty of room to run and was able to pick up 25 yards. Richard led the team in targets with 4 but nine different Raiders caught passes and Richard had a surprisingly light workload given the game script. Richard played just 36% of the snaps and wasn't helped by the fact DeAndre Washington was active and logged 18% of the snaps. Even with favorable game scripts likely the rest of the way, Richard's potential fantasy impact is minimal given what looks to be a 3-man committee.
2018 Week 10 vs LAC (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 52 / 0 rec)
It looks like Richard will have the second drive of each game to himself in addition to his normal work on third downs and in the two-minute offense. Despite the increased playing time, he still isn't getting much work as a runner though. He continues to make an impact as a pass catcher. He was tied for second on the team in targets and tied for the team lead in receiving yards. Richard does a great job on slant routes and angle routes out of the backfield, easily beating linebackers with his tremendous quickness.
2018 Week 11 vs ARI (11 / 61 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Richard is the most productive player in this Raiders offense, though that isn't saying much. He led the team in rushing yards and was third in receiving yards on the day. With all of the wide receiver injuries, Richard actually leads the team in catches on the season. He continues to make the most of his touches, showing a real burst and excellent receiving chops. In addition to the typical dump off passes over the middle and angle routes out of the backfield, the Raiders also tried to get the ball to Richard lined up as a receiver. He lined up outside and ran a go route down the sideline but it was well covered and Carr threw the ball out of bounds. Richard got way more chances to run the ball, with his 11 carries a massive increase over the 2.0 carries per game he was averaging coming in. Richard burst around the corner and flew down the sideline for a 24-yard run on the first play of the second half. A couple plays later, he caught a swing pass along the sideline and was able to slither past a defender and tight rope the sideline for a 16-yard pickup.
2018 Week 12 vs BAL (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
With Doug Martin healthy, it was clear that last week's bump in carries was just an outlier. Richard didn't have a chance on two screens thrown in his general direction.
2018 Week 13 vs KC (6 / 95 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Richard picked up eight on a 3rd-and-7 swing pass, pushing through a pair of defenders to gain the final two yards and pick up the first down. It looked like Richard was going to be dropped in the backfield for a loss, but he was able to break a tackle and burst free for a 30-yard gain. Richard ripped off a 23-yard gain on his next carry, showing his elite burst as he zoomed through a small hole off of right tackle. He had a 10-yard carry on the next play brought back due to an illegal shift. Richard got a carry on a two-point conversion attempt but was dropped just shy of the goal line. Richard ripped off another spectacular run for a 17-yard gain, weaving through defenders but had the ball poked out at the end. The Chiefs recovered and it was a back-breaking play for Oakland. Richard has had issues holding onto the ball throughout his whole career and it seems to become an especially big problem just when he gets more carries than normal. He looks spectacular in flashes but if he can't figure out the fumbling issue, it is hard to blame his coaches for not giving him more opportunities. To their credit, the coaching staff stuck with him after the fumble and he rewarded them with another spectacular run on a 16-yard gain down to the Chiefs 3-yard line on which he spun through an attempted tackle and weaved his way close to the end zone.
2018 Week 14 vs PIT (8 / 24 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Unlike most recent weeks, the running backs were an afterthought in the passing game. Richard was the only back targeted and he had just one. He did see his second-most carries of the season with eight, though. Most came on the final two drives of the game with the Raiders playing catch up. On his first touch, he made a nice cut in the hole and bounced it for an eight-yard pickup. Richard picked up a key 4th-and-1 late. He darted through the line for a 3-yard gain and was nearly able to stay on his feet and take it in for an 18-yard touchdown. It was ruled his knee touched and the Raiders didn't have any more challenges available.
2018 Week 15 vs CIN (4 / 9 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec)
One of the factors that has led to Richard not getting a lot of carries has been poor ball security. The problem reared its ugly head again against the Bengals. On a 2nd-and-3, Richard did a good job of churning his legs to push forward past the first down marker. However, while he was pushing for extra yardage, a Bengals defender was able to rip the ball loose and another Cincinnati defender recovered the fumble. Richard picked up 21 yards on a pair of catches in the final seconds of the first half with the Bengals in prevent defense. Richard blew by a linebacker in coverage on a wheel route to haul in a 32-yard reception.
2018 Week 16 vs DEN (4 / 11 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)
It was relatively positive to see Richard get eight touches despite a game script that worked against him. The Raiders jumped out to a three-score lead in the first half and mostly leaned on Doug Martin and the power-running game to bleed the clock. Richard showed solid power on a 4-yard touchdown run right up the middle to ice the game. He was probably only in there because Martin tapped out after three straight tough red zone carries.
2018 Week 17 vs KC (3 / 1 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Falling into a 21-0 hole midway through the second quarter, it should have been a game where Richard saw heavy usage. However, the Raiders didn't seem all that in-terested in aggressively trying to mount a comeback and didn't utilize their two-minute offense. Instead, they just continued to pound away with Doug Martin and Richard touched the ball just five times.
2017 Week 1 vs TEN (5 / 22 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Richard was the third back in, but split snaps and touches pretty evenly with Washington. Richard had more success as a runner than Washington on a very small sample size against the Titans. But as long as Lynch is dominating the carries and Richard and Washington are sharing the backup job, neither has any fantasy value. Richard's best play of the day came on a 3rd down reception over the middle. He got to the sticks and went low to snag the ball and held on despite a big hit.
2017 Week 2 vs NYJ (6 / 58 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 51 / 0 rec)
Richard was outstanding on his limited touches. He caught a short crossing route, made a sweet cut and exploded upfield for a 39-yard gain. Richard finished the play with a nasty stiff arm to the jaw of rookie safety Jamal Adams. Richard's second big play was a 52-yard touchdown. He lined up next to Carr and took a pitch to the right side, put his foot in the ground with a decisive cut and burst upfield through a big hole and went untouched into the end zone.
2017 Week 3 vs WAS (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Richard totaled just five yards on his three touches. He played just six snaps and remains third on the depth chart.
2017 Week 4 vs DEN (2 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
Richard showed major burst on a 3rd-and-6 catch that he took for a 20-yard gain. He caught the ball a couple of yards behind the line of scrimmage, turned upfield, and exploded forward through a gap for the big gain. He had a decent run for seven yards but was stuffed for no gain on his only other carry.
2017 Week 5 vs BAL (9 / 37 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With DeAndre Washington sidelined, Richard played a season-high 45% of the snaps. He was able to find some early success, including a darting 14-yard run weaving his way off of left tackle on his first touch of the game. But he was mostly bottled up the rest of the way. The Raiders tried to set up screens to Richard on two separate occasions but the Ravens sniffed them out and forced Manuel to throw the ball away.
2017 Week 6 vs LAC (2 / -1 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Richard was the second back into the game and received a couple carries in the first quarter that went nowhere. He is the Raiders main back in the hurry-up offense and did most of his damage on a field goal drive in the final minute before halftime, catching passes over the middle for gains of 11 and 8 yards.
2017 Week 7 vs KC (9 / 31 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)
With Lynch getting ejected from the game midway through the second quarter, Richard and DeAndre Washington split snaps and carries almost exactly down the middle. Richard played one more snap (26 to 25) and had one more touch (12 to 11).
2017 Week 8 vs BUF (5 / 21 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 35 / 0 rec)
Richard played 40% of the snaps but did little with his opportunity for extended playing time. He wasn't able to maintain his balance after taking light contact on a 3rd-and-1 carry, falling behind the line of scrimmage. Richard made a costly mistake on special teams. Returning the opening kick of the second half, Richard slipped and fell. When he got back on his feet, he had the ball stripped away to set up the Bills deep in Raiders territory.
2017 Week 9 vs MIA (5 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Richard played just 19% of the snaps, splitting time with Washington behind Lynch. He was an afterthought in the passing game, with just one target.
2017 Week 11 vs NE (4 / 19 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Richard impressed in limited work. He was able to make himself skinny and squirt through small holes for gains of five or six yards on multiple occasions. When it looked like he'd be stacked up at the line, he slithered through and kept his legs moving for solid gains.
2017 Week 12 vs DEN (2 / 17 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 1 rec)
Richard caught a 6-yard touchdown when a blown coverage by the Broncos left him uncovered out of the backfield.
2017 Week 13 vs NYG (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Richard had a tough time holding onto the ball. It looked like he may have fumbled after catching a short slant but the pass was ruled incomplete and the play wasn't challenged. He also fumbled a punt that the Raiders were able to jump on to retain possession.
2017 Week 15 vs DAL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Richard caught a couple short passes when split out as a receiver but isn't getting enough snaps to be fantasy relevant.
2017 Week 16 vs PHI (4 / 42 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Richard made multiple impact plays despite few touches. He burst off of left tackle for a 30-yard gain. Late in the fourth-quarter, he took a screen for 22 yards. He had another gain of 9 yards on the next play but had the ball ripped loose before he went to the ground. Richard has had issues holding onto the ball all season and it is a problem that could keep him from gaining more playing time if he can't get it fixed.
2016 Week 1 vs NO (3 / 84 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Richard had a fantastic 26-yard punt return called back due to holding. His shiftiness and ability to make guys miss in space is top notch and was on full display in the return game. Richard got his first career carry midway through the fourth quarter and promptly sprinted 75 yards straight up the middle for a touchdown. He broke through a big hole in the center of the line and stumbled slightly before regaining his balance and charging straight ahead untouched for the long score. On fourth-and-five with under two minutes left, Richard was able to draw a pass-interference penalty to keep the Raiders hopes alive on what ended up being the game-winning drive. Overall, it was an incredibly impressive debut for the rookie. Despite playing just 10 snaps, he made a major impact and should continue to get more opportunities moving forward. It is also noteworthy that Richard logged many of his snaps on the final crunch-time drive. For an undrafted rookie to be shown so much trust in Week 1 is an extremely positive sign.
2016 Week 2 vs ATL (6 / 17 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
A questionable holding call on guard Gabe Jackson brought back a 29-yard gain by Richard. Had a week catch and run on the next play where he danced right past a would-be tackler and picked up ten yards. With the game on the line late in the 4th quarter, Richard was given the ball on 4th-and-2 from midfield. He made a nice cut, but came up a half yard short. Played one more snap (16) than DeAndre Washington in the backup role.
2016 Week 3 vs TEN (6 / 28 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Picked up an early first down on 3rd-and-long that set up the Raiders first touchdown. He lined up in the slot and ran a quick out route that left the linebacker trying to cover him in the dust. He was able to turn upfield and get 13 yards.
2016 Week 4 vs BAL (2 / 15 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Richard's made a big impact came on special teams, but had a pair of ugly drops on offense. He had 138 return yards and seemed to make something happen every time he touched the ball in the kicking game. He consistently makes the first man miss on returns. His biggest play was a 47-yard punt return. He was tackled by the punter six yards short of the end zone to set up the Raiders first touchdown. Richard had a bad drop on a 3rd-and-long pass. He ran a short route over the middle and was wide open for a modest gain. The ball went through his hands, hit him right between the numbers and bounced high up into the air dangerously, before falling incomplete. Richard's two rushing attempts came on 2nd-and-long and 3rd-and-long draws against prevent defenses. His only reception also came on 3rd-and-long screen that was stopped well short of the first down. Richard suffered a second bad drop on the final drive of the game after getting open across the middle for what should have been a nice gain.
2016 Week 5 vs SD (8 / 31 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 66 / 0 rec)
Richard came in on the second series and rotated the whole game with Washington and Olawale. He made a key 22-yard catch early with the Raiders facing a 2nd-and-21. Richard caught back-to-back dump off passes in the final seconds before halftime to setup a long field goal. Richard consistently gets open when lined up as a receiver. He also shows surprising power up the middle. He is every bit as good as Washington, but both players are almost identical and will continue to split touches.
2016 Week 6 vs KC (4 / 8 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Richard opened the game with a long kickoff return set the Raiders up in Chiefs territory with a short field. Made a sweet catch-and-run after being split out wide, to pick up six yards on what should have been a loss. Deked inside before making two guys miss and cutting it back outside. Richard was used as more of a third-down back and change-of-pace as Washington took the majority of the early down snaps.
2016 Week 8 vs TB (5 / 34 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
His first carry of the game went for 14 yards, but was brought back due to a holding call. Richard ripped off a 20-yard gain on his second carry. He burst through a big hole and made the Safety miss at the second level.
2016 Week 9 vs DEN (8 / 62 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Richard played a couple more snaps than DeAndre Washington (19-of-85) as the duo continues to split playing time behind Latavius Murray. Richard made a twisting catch for an 11-yard gain on the Raiders second offensive snap after the ball was deflected up into the air. He later broke off a 28-yard gain up the middle. He burst through a big hole and then put a nice move on T.J. Ward downfield to break into the open and almost take it the distance. Richard made a man miss in the hole, then squirted forward for a 10-yard gain on a carry up the middle. It was a strong overall game for Richard, who should continue to have a role in the backfield moving forward.
2016 Week 11 vs HOU (3 / 2 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 50 / 1 rec)
The rookie back touched the ball on half of his 12 snaps. He did nothing with his rushing attempts, but made a pair of big plays as a receiver. He lined up in the slot on 3rd-and-7 from just inside the red zone. He badly beat linebacker Bernardrick McKinney on a quick slant route down the middle of the field and barreled through a defender near the goal line for the 17-yard touchdown reception. Richard also had a 29-yard reception on the final drive of the game to help Oakland run out the clock.
2016 Week 12 vs CAR (7 / 23 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Fellow rookie DeAndre Washington was a healthy scratch this week, leaving Richard as the main man behind Latavius Murray. Richard looked elusive as ever on his carries, but there was just very little room to run against a stout Carolina front seven.
2016 Week 13 vs BUF (9 / 53 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Richard made the most of his 17 snaps and nine touches, running with impressive elusiveness and power. Bills defenders seemed unaware of how much power Richard packs in his small frame and he ran through a number of attempted arm tackles. While Richard has been running very well, he has gone back-to-back weeks without a target in the passing game.
2016 Week 14 vs KC (6 / 29 / 0 rush, 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
DeAndre Washington was active for the first time in three weeks, but didn't impact Richard's snaps. Richard was still the clear #2 back and ran well on his limited touches. It was a rough day for Richard in the passing game however. He was well covered by Chiefs linebackers and unable to get free in what should have been favorable matchups for the shifty back.
2016 Week 15 vs SD (6 / 36 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 13 / 0 rec)
Richard played well and continues to run as the second back for the Raiders, playing eight more snaps than Washington. He showed a nice burst at the second level, breaking off a 23 yard run. Richard caught all but one target, but wasn't on the same page with Carr on a key 3rd down play in the red zone. Richard cut one way while Carr through the other and the Raiders had to settle for a field goal.
2016 Week 16 vs IND (6 / 66 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 13 / 1 rec)
Richard keyed a touchdown drive late in the second quarter. He had three consecutive runs that went for 12, 15 and 9 yards. He was excellent on the next drive as well, starting off with a beautiful cutback run for 19 yards. He found no room to the left and cut fully back across the grain for a big gain down the right sideline. Richard caught a 4-yard touchdown in the final seconds before halftime. He ran a quick outside screen from the slot and the Raiders outside receivers blocked well to free up space for Richard to get into the end zone.
2016 Week 17 vs DEN (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -5 / 0 rec)
Richard had a quiet game and seems to have fallen slightly behind DeAndre Washington (who out-touched him 9 to 4). The Raiders will likely plan to continue to rotate all three backs through however so Richard should have a small role in the offense in the playoffs.
2016 Week 18 vs HOU (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
With the offense struggling mightily, Richard provided a spark on special teams with a long punt return into Texans territory that setup the Raiders first offensive touchdown. Richard did well to go down and snag a poorly thrown ball from Cook on a quick flare route. He had some room to run, but the poor throw took away any opportunity for yards after the catch.